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I found the staff in my department extremely supportive. All maintained an attitude that all customers are important.

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Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Applied Materials

Pros

Supportive team members
Recent software programs
Intelligent managers
Ability to grow in one's position

Cons

Worked long hours.
Learn a new lingo.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please continue to help the employees grow in their positions.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    Company is being destroyed by Splinter.

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    - Great people to work with.
    - Technical strength.
    - Company size, marketshare.
    - Strong company image.
    - Santa Clara lab facilities (however deeply in danger due to budget concerns)
    - 1st level management very strong

    Cons

    - Since Mike Splinter took over he has completely changed the focus of the company.
    - Splinter remains as both Chairman and CEO, surrounded himself with "yes men" on the board of directors, and thus consolidated himself in complete unchallenged power.
    - Huge rewards for executive levels with bonus payments and share options.
    - Complete disregard for both valuable customers and the regular employees from senior management.
    - A corrupt HR structure that is completely incompetent. HR director keeps the board of directors happy, but no one else exists. HR within the products groups pass the buck, never answer questions and generally show up to work whenever they feel like it. Some HR regularly park in ERT designated parking, so much for following the rules eh !
    - Short term goals, living quarter to quarter. Finance within KPU's is under constant pressure to cut budgets which only ends up impacting our competitiveness to customers. One example of this is not being allowed to order wafers for development and customer demo preparation, another is getting rid of lab systems that are needed for customer support and development.
    - Spending huge money on external consultations for the PLC reorg, this spending is never questioned.
    - In "hard times" spending money on new gym equipment, sat tv for the gym, resurfacing the basketball courts in the Arques campus, and facelifting buildings on the Bowers campus for senior management.
    - Having ridiculous spending on "Employee Appreciation" events, while at the same time announcing shutdowns.
    - Constant fear of layoffs, layoffs are happening silently all the time, and multiple week shutdowns which end up resulting in no pay to employees if they run out of vacation time. Not only does this impact the employee's pockets - but it limits development time for critical products that are needed for customers.
    - Competition is catching up with a weak Applied, and beating us daily on system selection (future business is becoming less and less)
    - Short term thinking from Splinter is limiting future growth in the core business.
    - Flawed strategy in Solar lead by Splinter resulted in a huge loss to the company, greatly impacted share price as a result. Yet Splinter remains in charge.
    - Grossly overpaying with the $4.9B acquisition of Varian for implant, more than double of what was needed.
    - Having yes people who happen to be personal friends of Silicon division Management getting promoted to Senior Director. Is now actively reducing Santa Clara lab capacity for cost reduction. Promotions are not done on technical merit, but more on who you know.
    - Outsourcing, manufacturing getting outsourced to Singapore and China. Yet the corporation hangs an American Flag up and has a huge tax avoidance policy.
    - Getting rid of full time employees, and rehiring them as contractors who have no benefits or security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Go back to having a separate Chairman and CEO.
    - Try to rebuild the company, and focus once again on core technology.
    - Get away from the quarter to quarter budget cycle, have a long term goal and strategy.
    - Remember Dan Maydan and the proud vision that he used to have, how he was respected by customers and the industry.
    - Stop the crazy executive compensation, and reward the developers of innovation - and the people who are facing the customers in their fabs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Strong people weak top management customer focused

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Very strong people
    Smart people driven to succeed
    Great pay in the good years

    Cons

    Weak CEO and CFO
    Shabby main Sunnyvale campus
    Over focus on cost savings over product development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive winning vision over ever present doom and gloom

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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